The Pros And Cons Of The Tuskegee Syphilis Trials

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Medical practices have changed tremendously throughout the years. Thanks to the many medical advances and innovations, problems that would arise in the past are solved before they even happen. However, doctors and medical professionals have been taking advantage of those that are oppressed in society. The method of choosing the least well off in society for medical studies are extremely unethical and those who are already victim to the many injustices of the medical field are owed reparations. To the hundreds of thousands of people that suffered at the hands of those who are supposed to help them lose all sense of trust that they once gave to doctors and scientist. Unethical experiments only lead to the mistrust of those that are affected and thus any …show more content…
In early 1932, Public Health Service along with Tuskegee Institute began a study to see, essentially, how long will it take a black male with untreated syphilis to die due to complications of the disease. Approximately six hundred black males were signed up for the study about four hundred of those men had already contracted syphilis. In return for the mens cooperation they received, free medical exams, free meals and burial insurance. All men in the study were thought to have been receiving treatment, but all along it was just to see how long it will take someone to die from the disease. It was first projected to last only six months but it actually went on for forty years. Due to harsh reality of the study, Ad Hoc Advisory Panel was appointed to review the study. They found that researches did not inform the men of the true purpose of the study and that no one received adequate information to provide informed consent. None of the men received treatment although penicillin was the drug of choice for treating syphilis. This study shows how long many people suffer in these unethical medical studies. These men lost their lives because medical professionals

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